The search for a vehicle was becoming disappointment after disappointment so when we felt that we had
reached our limit, we rented a car.
On the first day we headed straight to Niagara Falls and, after a few delays (Canada’s roadsigns are ridiculously difficult to understand) we arrived!
Something worth mentioning about the Canadian side of Niagara Falls… it is rather bizarre. Imagine a
mish-mash of wanna-be Vegas casinos, haunted houses and shop after shop filled with touristy toot. As you get closer to the falls, it begins to feel less like a fairground and we got an excellent chance to see the sheer scale.
The Hornblower – Canada’s equivalent of the Maid of the Mist – was a great experience. The boat took us right up to the falls, into the horseshoe – sometimes you couldn’t see the shore at all through the mist! Needless to say, we got absolutely drenched, even with the cagouls that we were given to wear!
We had enjoyed the falls from the Canadian side and it was time to pop over the border to get a
different view from the States side – something that we definitely recommend doing if you visit. It was much less busy and felt a lot less built-up; you can also walk alongside the falls and up the river.
While walking along we saw what turned out to be a
gopher muskrat, although it’s taken about 6 months for us to work out what it was!
It was a great first trip out of the city and a must-see for anyone visiting the area. Since we’ll still be within a few hours drive of Niagara in the winter we’re hoping to get a chance to see it when parts of the falls freeze!